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to see you, steve good to see you, chris. >> we were talking about this in the morning meeting. it seems there has been such a change. let's not forget barack obama and hillary clinton when running for president not so long ago were talking about civil unions not gay marriage. it is almost astonishing the change but do you take it as a clue she is running? >> i hope so. but i don't know. i think the reason she came out now is very clear. you know, secretary of state, it wasn't appropriate for her to get into the domestic politically -- >> this is the first thing she's come out publicly about. >> obviously the timing is the supreme court is about to do something and it's the right time to say something and something she believes strongly in. as you said, you know, the world is changing rapidly. you know, i remember in the 2004 presidential campaign i worked for john kerry and dick gephardt two great progressives and being for civil unions in that campaign was considered the leading edge. >> it was a big deal then. >> big deal. in 2016 every democrat running for president will be for marri
. joining me now on the future of the republican party, former congressman steve laterette. good morning. >> good morning to you. >> give me your take. how would you describe the current state of the gop? is the tea party the future? >> it's not the future. the tea party is an important component, but it's not the republican party. and, you know, we have to become a national party. in order to become a national party, i know you're from fair port harbor, ohio, and we have to compete in places like that if we want to elect the president of the united states. >> you know, it is interesting when you look at where your party is now. politico has this new article about the influence of a couple younger guys. marco rubio, rand paul, and how they're taking the reins. it's rubio and paul dominating the show. this wing of the party has its own version of the republican national committee, the heritage foundation. the aggressive, wealthy brothers and the club for growth. together these groups hold the cards when it comes to the most important political issues facing the party. do that i? >> no, i
and here's what steve latourette said. take a listen. >> if we ever want to be a national party, we have to look like america. today, we look like a bunch of white guys from below the mason/dixon line. >> so how do they change the reputation of a party of stuffy white men as has been said, as the report describes it when candidates when chosen are often white men? >> well, it's not just the candidates. it's the workers, it's the convention. you go to the republican national convention it looks entirely different than the democratic convention that looks truly like all the rainbow of america at it. one of the things that it can change just by having more workers go to cities and states. and states, by the way, do a pretty good job with republicans because we have 30 republican governors. and just get to know the people better. that report you're talking about highlighted how well the obama campaign did because they had workers in the swing states that practically had been living there since the 2008 campaign. >> and that perhaps is why we saw at cpac a wider diversity of types of faces sp
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